Everyone was shocked to hear that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were divorcing in late September, but perhaps the most heartbreaking part about the situation has been Pitt's estrangement from his six children.
Reports came in last week that Pitt hadn't seen any of his kids since Jolie filed papers on Sept. 19, but now word on the street is he finally got some face time with them — and it was a very happy reunion.
"Brad has spent some wonderful time with children recently," an inside source told People magazine.
"Brad loves his children more than anything in this world, and they matter more than anything else to him," another source told the publication. "He will do whatever it takes to be with them, now and always."
People also noted that, although the visit was a pleasant one, Pitt and his kids were most likely accompanied by a therapist during their time together, per the Department of Children and Family Services' recommended temporary plan agreed upon by both parents.
The temporary plan ends on Oct. 20, and Pitt will continue voluntary counseling, as well as drug and alcohol testing, until that time.
In Pitt's absence, it seems that Jolie's brother, James Haven, has stepped into the paternal role for the Jolie-Pitt clan. According to Us Weekly, Haven has been staying with the family in their temporary Malibu home and helping to care for the kids.
"He took on a more active daily role in June," an Us source said. "The kids call him 'Uncle James.'"
While most of us know Haven only as the creepy older brother who made out with Jolie on the 2000 Oscars red carpet, Pitt is said to respect Haven, so it's likely he's cool with Uncle James helping out.
Remember the time when Angelina Jolie was seen kissing her brother, James Haven, passionately at the Oscars in 2000? pic.twitter.com/hSJiDhHLst— № (@Ophiologist) August 4, 2013
"Brad thinks highly of James," Us' source added. "He’s always been incredible to the kids and is welcome in his home."
With the gossip mill turning out stories that Pitt has been crying and despondent since Jolie filed for divorce, it's good to see a small bit of happy news come out about him. Here's hoping that the reunion with his kids is the turning point that helps the whole family heal.
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